In this collection of short stories, anthropologist Elliot Lyman arrives in the Bougainville village of Pomalate. He sets out to study the Nagovisi, hoping to gain understanding of their culture. Yet as though Lyman had landed on Solaris, Kakata himself, the “White,” becomes the object of study and is confronted with his own limitations, dreams, ambitions, and failures. Don Mitchell masterfully creates the voices of the Nagovisi and in the course of their narratives, turns anthropology on its head. Readers will listen to their tales and recognize that the ‘other’ we meticulously observe and seek to comprehend will in the end always elude us.